The Best Movies For Artists To Watch

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If there's one thing any artist will tell you, it's that they could always use some inspiration. Over the years, Hollywood and many independent filmmakers have put together hundreds of amazing movies about artists and their works. Aspiring artists have used such films for years as their own personal muses. These artistic films can be incredibly enlightening as to what it takes to commit oneself to the life of an artist.

Movies artists should watch range in style, tone, and theme. Whether a film is an artist biopic, a documentary about a style of artwork, or is made in a visually inspiring fashion, it can be used to help get the creative juices flowing. Every artist has their own unique style they are accustomed to, so not every film on this list will appeal to everyone. But odds are, at least one of these movies for artists will inspire you. Whether you're following the life of fabulous painters like Frida Kahlo and Jackson Pollock or learning the story of Mark Hogancamp's fascinating sculpture project, browse this list to find the best film for you! 

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  • Seven Servants
    Anthony Quinn, Audra McDonald, David Warner
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Daryush Shokof
  • Big Eyes
    Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Frida
    Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Julie Taymor
  • Loving Vincent
    Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Eleanor Tomlinson
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
  • Midnight in Paris
    Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Woody Allen
  • Basquiat
    Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Julian Schnabel
  • Pollock
    Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Ed Harris
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
    Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Peter Webber
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy
    Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Carol Reed
  • Lust for Life
    Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Everett Sloane
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
  • At Eternity's Gate
    Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Julian Schnabel
  • New York Stories
    Nick Nolte, Heather McComb, Mia Farrow
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese
  • Factory Girl
    Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: George Hickenlooper
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
    Julian Schnabel, Fab Five Freddy, Larry Gagosian
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Tamra Davis
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Banksy
  • Conversations with My Gardener
    Daniel Auteuil, Hiam Abbass, Fanny Cottençon
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Jean Becker
  • Mr. Turner
    Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Mike Leigh
  • Renoir
    Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Gilles Bourdos
  • Art School Confidential
    Max Minghella, John Malkovich, Sophia Myles
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Terry Zwigoff
  • What Dreams May Come
    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Annabella Sciorra
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Vincent Ward
  • Vincent & Theo
    Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Robert Altman
  • I Shot Andy Warhol
    Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Lothaire Bluteau
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Mary Harron
  • An Unmarried Woman
    Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Murphy
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Paul Mazursky